The article (TNT, 6-14) about organized labor by Harold Meyerson is spot on. The decline of unions and the middle class are inextricably linked, as his article so clearly states.
Some “unions” are thriving in this environment, such as the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Their goal of eliminating organized labor has made good progress for several decades. High unemployment rates are good for business; they are flooded with résumés, and only the few are chosen.
Of all economically developed nations, the U.S. has the greatest percentage of low-wage workers. That is one in four Americans earning less than two-thirds of the median wage.
Contributing to this are the attitudes of rugged individualism and everyone for themselves. Labor unions are about caring for something besides yourself – as in an injustice to one is an injustice to all.
Members understand the sacrifices made by earlier generations to obtain fair wages and working conditions. The alternative to union representation is the race to the bottom we are currently experiencing, where the serfs serve the rulers.